Gluten is one of my best friends. As in, any talk of gluten-free anything and I will slowly back out of the conversation. So, when an opportunity arose to check out Little Beet Table, a gluten-free restaurant with a veggie-forward menu, during a Yelp Elite event recently, I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the fact that it’s a gluten-free establishment but tried to keep an open mind.
We started the night out with a limited selection of drinks, of which I chose the LBT Gin & Tonic to begin with. It was a unique drink — very crisp and refreshing! There was also a selection of snack-type foods brought out, including this amazing popcorn with tajin & parmesan that was incredibly delicious. I never thought I’d be impressed by a restaurant’s popcorn, but I’d say it’s a must-try when you’re here.
For the remainder of the night, we were able to try all of the happy-hour/shareable dishes. The next dish that came out was the sunflower hummus with pita bread, which is another must-try. It was quite literally the best hummus I’ve ever tasted in my entire life. I’d say the hummus and popcorn with a drink would be some great picks for a happy hour visit.
Next, we were served guacamole and gluten-free chips. Amazing guac though if I had to choose one over the other, I’d choose the pita & hummus.
Later in the night, the blistered shishito peppers were brought out, which, again, I enjoyed and would order again! The only dish I tried and had a “meh” reaction to was the broccoli pizzetta. It wasn’t bad, just not as good as the other dishes we sampled.
But the absolute best part of the night was the chocolate chip cookies! I had EXTREMELY low expectations because gluten-free desserts definitely don’t have a reputation for being great. I was just hoping they’d be tolerable to eat, but they were legitimately great-tasting cookies compared to all chocolate cookies in general, not just for being gluten-free.
Since we didn’t get a chance to sample any entrees, I made sure to ask the bartenders for dinner entree recommendations, of which the cavatelli and the salmon entrees were most highly recommended and are on my list to try during a second visit. I also noted that the menu clearly calls out all items that are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan, making Little Beet Table a great choice to take a group of people that may have a variety of dietary restrictions, where everyone can get a meal that they enjoy.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised to find a gluten-free restaurant at which I didn’t feel, as a person that doesn’t have a gluten allergy, like I was sacrificing quality or taste to dine here and I’m looking forward to coming back to Little Beet Table for dinner soon!